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Trial begins of Boston police officer accused of drug trafficking
By Jonathan Saltzman, Globe Staff
A veteran Boston police officer was eager to protect truckloads of cocaine that came to Boston in exchange for tens of thousands of dollars in cash and told an undercover FBI agent posing as a drug dealer that he looked forward to "a long relationship," a federal prosecutor said today.
In his opening statement to the jury, Assistant US Attorney George W. Vien said Roberto Pulido let his garage in Jamaica Plain be used for the transfer of 40 kilograms of cocaine to undercover agents in April 2006. Two months later, Pulido arranged for two other officers to help him escort a truck carrying 100 kilograms of cocaine from Western Massachusetts to Boston, the prosecutor said.
"Pulido didn't hesitate," Vien told the 16 jurors as the drug trafficking trial of the former motorcycle policeman began in the federal courthouse in Boston. "He was in. He was ready, willing, and able to play a role in the conspiracy."
But Pulido's lawyer, Rudolph F. Miller, denied that his client was a drug dealer and said he was entrapped by FBI agents who were working with a scheming informant with a long criminal record.
"This case isn't about a corrupt Boston police officer,'' Miller said as Pulido sat erectly at the defense table in a dark suit, rose-colored dress shirt, and bright red tie. "This case is about a crime that has been completely ... manufactured by the government ... We believe the evidence will show that Mr. Pulido was enticed, Mr. Pulido was lured, all at the direction of the government."
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